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of japan's energy policy in july, the government introduced a system called the feed in tariff which allows people to sell renewable energy to power companies at a fixed price. investors have rushed in to take advantage of this new market. workers in southern japan started work this week on one what will be one of the largest solar plants. it extends over 1 million square meters. the site was purchased 30 years ago in hopes to build a petrochemical complex. a recession foiled their plan. last october, they announced a new man to go solar. they are hoping switch on the plant in april of next year. they project it will produce enough energy to power 30,000 households. >> translator: we would like to promote renewable energy and we would like to help cover power shortages in the region. so we want to contribute to the power supply. >> government officials say as of november, companies have been working on nearly 500 solar projects, each of them capable of powering at least 250 homes. earlier, i spoke about nhk world's reporter who has been covering environmental issues and talked about the boo
is often seen as a shining example of renewable energy. but for manufacturers of solar panels, price competition is clouding the outlook. a japanese manufacturer is doing their entire production of solar panels in malaysia for the first time. we report. >> reporter: panasonic built this plant in malaysia at the cost of $480 million. the factory started shipping solar panels on the first day. output will eventually reach some 1.3 million units a year. demand for solar power is rising rapidly, especially in japan and europe. greater awareness of energy conservation is one factor. programs to facilitate trade in solar and other renewable energy have also helped. but price competition is intensifying. china is the world's biggest maker of solar panels. chinese manufacturers have cut their prices aggressively, putting foreign rivals under pressure. price cutting is the major factor of solar panel industry. this factory in malaysia is expected to reduce the course of production by 20%. until now, panasonic produced the key component to solar cells in japan and assembled the panels overseas
. now a government panel's proposing key ideas that could potentially transform japan's energy. we have more on this story. >> reporter: after a year long debate the panel presented its report to the government. >> translator: the government must successfully overhaul the electricity system to live up to the people's expectations. >> reporter: japan's energy system remains a monopoly. they operate independently and rarely provide power to one another. the utility companies have maintained that this is the best way to secure a stable power supply. but the nuclear disaster exposed problems with this approach. tepco failed to provide enough power dome pen said for the loss of fukushima. there were rolling blackouts in the capital. public confidence eroded. in response the former panel.ment set up the reform friday's report included three main recommendations. one, increase competition by bringing new generators to the market by 2016. two, set up an organization to improve connections between power grids. finally split up power generation and transmission operations as early as 2018. the pa
of this is going to be gaining a lot of energy from the south in the form of very warm air. what this also will be doing is warming up the temperatures quite rapidly. we saw the snowfall coming into tokyo this morning. on thursday, temperatures will be up more like late march into the mid teens. a warmup and fairly gusty winds and even off toward the north, as that storm system continues to intensify, hokkould see winds up to 70 to 75 miles per hour, accompanied by that heavy snowfall, it will create blizzard-like conditions. off toward sapporo, you are watching the ice festival. behind it, we are seeing another cooldown. all the cold air will seep in out of russia, bringing temperatures down in places like seoul, toward northeastern china and will mix in with the stationary boundary lingering around southeastern china, bringing snowfall in places like shanghai and seeing temperatures around 10 degrees below normal average for this time of the year and also towards hong kong, rainshowers, high of 21. beijing, minus 3. cold spot, think it's cold where you are, ulan bator, minus three going
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